That means even the F-Type will be electrified, something Jaguar Land Rover CEO Joe Eberhardt recently confirmed to Automotive News (subscription required). Design chief Ian Callum just confirmed to Automotive Newsthat the company has a successor to the F-Type planned, and it'll feature an electrified drivetrain. But sales have been slow with only about 45,000 being sold globally since launch. "[Sports cars] are not going to go away". Through August of this year Jaguar has sold 2,787 F-Types in the United States, which is only 41 more units during the same time period in 2016.
"There are a number of people in the world who think sports cars are finished because SUVs can get around a corner as quick as a sports vehicle can, technology being what it is", Callum told Automotive News. "But there is something very emotional about a sports auto that conveys the ultimate in the sense of performance and design".
For the 2018 model year, Jaguar has given the F-Type a freshening that includes a lower-priced four-cylinder version. The F-Type uses a modified platform inherited from the XK, which debuted in 2005.
What kind of electrified powertrain can we expect in the next F-Type? Jaguar is already thinking about a new generation of sports vehicle that will take advantage of the recent hybrid systems to comply with emissions guidelines. "That is full electric, plug-in hybrid or mild hybrids".